Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding, dam breaches in NC

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding, dam breaches in NC

Florence, which has killed at least 36 people, dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday. Even as he underscored the ongoing danger, he highlighted the tireless efforts of first responders.

Wilmington, population 120,000, was still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people waited for hours Tuesday for handouts of food, water and tarps. Rivers at some sites are not forecast to crest for days, including near Conway, S.C.

"Because again, although the winds are gone and the rain's not falling, the water's still there and the worst is yet to come in the Pee Dee", he said. In a letter, he said, the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.

Residents of Georgetown County, S.C., have been told to have go-kits at the ready in case of evacuation. She told CBS News she doesn't have flood insurance.

The current push to save animals will, by necessity, be followed by a more grisly effort: The need to quickly and safely get rid of millions of carcasses that carry significant health risks. The women, Windy Newton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, drowned Tuesday in a prison transport van when sheriff's deputies couldn't open the doors of the vehicle, authorities said.

The flooding from Florence has also caused 21 hog "lagoons", which store manure from pig farms, to overflow in North Carolina, possibly contaminating standing water, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality.

The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service.

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The search and rescue operation was suspended at nightfall and was to resume at daybreak Monday, said Palangdan, the mayor. Mum-of three Gill Friend has spoken of the terror they experienced as typhoon Mangkhut tore through the area.

The six-time NBA champion, who played high-school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended college at North Carolina, made two large donations to Carolina residents.

The flooding from the Cape Fear River, in Wilmington, caused breaches in the Cooling Lake Dam, Duke Energy said in a statement, adding it has shut down its 625-megawatt natural gas plant L.V. Sutton. Close to 200,000 residents are still without power, and about 7,800 are living in shelters. In their opinion, the damage caused by hurricane "Florence," it is hard to assess, because many effects will only become apparent after a certain period of time.

And in yet another miserable twist of nature, floating balls of fire ants have emerged, like the ones that plagued Harvey survivors in the Houston area.

In South Carolina, emergency managers ordered about 3,000 people to flee homes along the Lynches River. "I've already been bitten".

They are able to survive in flood waters for weeks on end, until waters subside and the ants can return back to dry land.

The President then met with local and state officials, SC senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and Congressman Tom Rice at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center, assuring them that Washington is behind the county and will provide federal help.

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